The comedy of errors
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: William Shakespeare
Excerpt from book: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS ACT I SCENE l.--A Hall in the Duke's Palace. Enter DUKE, jEGEON, Gaoler, Officers and other Attendants. . Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall, And by the doom of death end woes and all. Duke. Merchant of Syracusa, plead no more: I am not partial to infringe our laws : The enmity and discord which of late 5 Sprung from the rancorous outrage of your duke To merchants, our well-dealing countrymen, Who, wanting guilders to redeem their lives, A hall . . . palace] Malone: The Duke's palace Theobald: A publick Place Capell. Duke] the Duke of Ephesus Ff. Mgeott] Rowe : with the Merchant of Siracusa Ff. Officers] Capell: Officer Staunton: omitted in Ff. i. Solinus'] F i: Salinus Ft 2, 3, 4. 1. Solinus] The Duke's name is VI. iv. ix. 12: "Expect your high- not mentioned elsewhere in the play, ness' doom of life or death." Shake- 2. doom] judgment, sentence. The speare uses it for the day of judgment exact phrase occurs also in Henry V, in the well-known passages in Ham- in, vi. 46 : let, in. iv. 50: " As against the " Exeter hath given the doom of doom": and Macbeth, n. iii. 83: death " The great doom's image": and iv. For pax of little price ": i. 117: " What, will the line stretch and in Titus Andronicus, in. i. 24: out to the crack of doom f " " Unbind my sons, reverse the doom 8. guilders] The " guilder " was of death." We also find in H Henry (a) a gold coin formerly current in the Have seal'd his rigorous statutes with their bloods, Excludes all pity from our threatening looks. 10 For, since the mortal and intestine jars 'Twixt thy seditious countrymen and us, It hath in solemn synods been decreed, Both by the Syracusians and ourselves, To admit no traffic to our adverse towns: 15 Nay, more, i...